SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Cole Wilson defeated Michael Lowman by decision, 8-2, in the 285-pound and final bout to seal Southwest Minnesota State's first dual victory over Augustana College since the 1998-99 season and just the fifth in series history (5-24).
The Mustangs took the dual
Southwest Minnesota State head coach Jesse Nelson likes the direction the Mustang program is heading right now.
"Hopefully, we see the direction that we're headed because we are getting better. We just need to keep building on that," Nelson said.
Wilson controlled the heavyweight match by scoring a 3-point near-fall in the first period and never looked back en route to an 8-2 decision over Lowman.
"Cole has been a good anchor who works hard. I think he had it in his mind that he was going to win that match," Nelson said. "He has big goals this season, including becoming an All-American."
SMSU and Augustana each won five bouts by decision, but the Vikings were flagged with an unsportsmanlike penalty after the 157-pound bout that eliminated one team point.
With the win, the Mustangs improved to 5-2 overall, 2-0 in the NSIC, while Augustana suffers its first conference loss of the season and falls to 6-3 overall, 2-1 in the NSIC.
The Vikings and Mustangs traded the first two bouts as T.J. North defeated SMSU's Antonio Meikel, 7-1. No. 8-ranked Justin Reinsma put the Mustangs on the board with a 6-4 decision over Morgan Engbrecht.
Augustana took the next two bouts to build a 9-3 lead as Jacob Anderson and Shawn Hatlestad defeated Ethan Hildebrandt and Beau Buysse, respectively at 141 and 149 pounds.
Codie Lane edged Mitchell Rechtzigel in the 157-pound bout, 4-3, to close the team score to 9-6, but Augustana's point total was reduced from nine to eight after the unsportsmanlike penalty was issued.
Kyle Begin and Jacob Begin followed Lane's win with decision victories of their own at 165 and 174. Jacob's win was his fifth straight, but his victory by decision ended his consecutive pin streak at four.
Augustana regained the lead at 14-12 after taking decisions in the 184 and 197 pound bouts before Wilson deliverd.
SMSU takes a break from NSIC duals this weekend, when the Mustangs will compete in four duals at the Midwest Duals hosted by Nebraska-Kearney in Kearney, Neb., at 9 a.m. Saturday.